Gammerstang commented on the word deffervescence
noun: defervescence; plural noun: defervescences
the abatement of a fever as indicated by a decrease in bodily temperature.
November 6, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word resurgam
(Latin: "I shall rise again") is the name given to two early Victorian submarines designed and built in Britain by Reverend George Garrett as a weapon to penetrate the chain netting placed around ship hulls to defend against attack by torpedo vessels
Gammerstang commented on the word apple rind
November 5, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word bloody knuckle
Gammerstang commented on the word who-shot-john
Gammerstang commented on the word good blue
Gammerstang commented on the word hay burner
(also oat-burner) A horse, esp a racehorse : preferred the company of hay-burners to that of humans (1904+) A person who smokes marijuana : About half the guys in the troupe were hay burners (1940s+)
Gammerstang commented on the word sprunch
Sprunch: the sexual advance of a male, a much stronger term than spark or wing. Another one just for fun. The original calendar says that some hillfolk use sprunchin’ to mean copulation. Let sprunchin’ thrive!
November 4, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word balitorium
Balitorium: riotous proceedings; the boisterous merrymaking which often accompanies a bonfire.
Gammerstang commented on the word vlonkers
Vlonkers: sparks of fire. Let the balitorium begin, but beware the vlonkers! Those things can burn you in inauspicious locations.
Gammerstang commented on the word lineback
Dun colored horses, “lineback Duns”.
November 3, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word shiggity
can be inserted into any sentence, replacing any noun, verb or adjective
Gammerstang commented on the word salonist
Proprietor of a salon.
Gammerstang commented on the word sea-mark
A sea mark, also seamark and navigation mark, is a form of aid to navigation and pilotage aid which identifies the approximate position of a maritime channel, hazard and administrative area to allow boats, ships and seaplanes to navigate safely.
There are three types of sea mark: beacons (fixed to the seabed or on shore), buoys (consisting of a floating object that is usually anchored to a specific location on the bottom of the sea or to a submerged object) and a type of cairn built on a submerged rock/object, especially in calmer waters.
Gammerstang commented on the word quadrilabial
If bilabial means two lips, then this must mean four and therefore denote a kiss.
Gammerstang commented on the word houding
"Houding" is a term from the art theory of the Dutch Golden Age which has no equivalent in English. Houding has to do with the "pleasing and effective evocation of space." Another translation renders it as "the tonal and spatial organization of the picture as a whole."
It combines several factors, including color, chiaroscuro, and atmospheric perspective, all working together to achieve a sense of depth and illusion. If the houding is successful, the colors are chosen and modified with depth and atmosphere in mind, with "the powerful at the front, and the less forceful further back according to their nature."
November 2, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word pyment
A mead that is fermented with grape juice is called a pyment.
Gammerstang commented on the word melomel
A mead that contains fruit (such as raspberry, blackberry or strawberry) is called a melomel,which was also used as a means of food preservation, keeping summer produce for the winter.
Gammerstang commented on the word dip slope
A cuesta is a hill or ridge with a gentle slope on one side, and a steep slope on the other. In geology the term is more specifically applied to a ridge where a harder sedimentary rock overlies a softer layer, the whole being tilted somewhat from the horizontal. This results in a long and gentle backslope called a dip slope that conforms with the dip of resistant strata, called caprock.
November 1, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word scarpland
A cuesta is a hill or ridge with a gentle slope on one side, and a steep slope on the other. In geology the term is more specifically applied to a ridge where a harder sedimentary rock overlies a softer layer, the whole being tilted somewhat from the horizontal. This results in a long and gentle backslope called a dip slope that conforms with the dip of resistant strata, called caprock. Where erosion has exposed the frontslope of this, a steep slope or escarpment occurs. The resulting terrain may be called scarpland.
Gammerstang commented on the word skylined
skyline. 1 :the apparent juncture of earth and sky :horizon. 2 :an outline (as of buildings or a mountain range) against the background of the sky. First Known Use: 1815.
Gammerstang commented on the word spath
an abbreviation for the plant Spathiphyllum
Gammerstang commented on the word caudocephalic
Adjective. caudocephalic (not comparable) Going from the tail to the head.
Gammerstang commented on the word kleptopredation
"People may have heard of kleptoparasitic behaviour - when one species takes food killed by another, like a pack of hyenas driving a lion from its kill for example. This is something else, where the predator consumes both its own prey and that which the prey has captured."
The behaviour is a combination of kleptoparasitic competition and direct predation.
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-11-marine-scientists-kleptopredationa-prey.html#jCp
Gammerstang commented on the word curl leaf
Cercocarpus ledifolius is a North American species of mountain mahogany known by the common name curl-leaf mountain mahogany. It widespread across much of the Western United States as well as Baja California in Mexico.
October 8, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word squaw cabbage
Ocotillo plant (Candlewood or Squaw Cabbage)
Gammerstang commented on the word mizzen-t'gallant
On a square rigged sailing vessel, a topgallant sail (topgallant alone pronounced "t'gallant", topgallant sail pronounced "t'garns'l") is the square-rigged sail or sails immediately above the topsail or topsails. It is also known as a gallant or garrant sail.
Later full rigged ships split the topsail (and often the topgallant sail) for easier handling. They thus fly two topsails (and possibly two topgallant sails) per mast. The lower topgallant sail is immediately above the upper topsail. The upper or only topgallant sail is set from the top of the topgallant mast, if there is a lower topgallant it is set from midway down the topgallant mast. A staysail set on a stay running forward and downwards from the top or midpoint of the topgallant mast is called a topgallant staysail
October 2, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word limber-team
A limber is a two-wheeled cart designed to support the trail of an artillery piece, or the stock of a field carriage such as a caisson or traveling forge, allowing it to be towed. The trail is the hinder end of the stock of a gun-carriage, which rests or slides on the ground when the carriage is unlimbered.1
A caisson is a two-wheeled cart designed to carry artillery ammunition.2 The British term was "ammunition wagon". Caissons are used to bear the casket of the deceased in some state and military funerals in certain Western cultures, including the United States.
September 14, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word napeless
Having no nape.
Gammerstang commented on the word malandered
Forms: lME malandere, lME malaundyr, lME malawnder, 15 malandre, 15
Etymology: < Middle French malandre a sore behind a horse's knee
Veterinary Med. Now rare.
Originally: †a sore located behind a horse's knee (obs.). Later
(in pl. and †sing.): a kind of chronic dermatitis of horses,
characterized by the presence of such sores.
mallendered adj. Obs. suffering from mallenders.
1696 London Gaz. No. 3248/4, A strong..Rigil Horse,..malender'd
on the near leg.
Gammerstang commented on the word almagre
almagre m (plural almagres)
almagra (a deep red ochre found in Spain)
Gammerstang commented on the word bow-stay
A stay is a guy-rope (now steel
cable) that stops the mast moving fore-and-aft often one to the bow and
one to the stern from the top of (or near the top of) the mast. For some
reason the same things that prevent side-to-side motion are called
shrouds. Sails attached to the stay (i.e. between the mainsail and
foresail) are called stay-sails. How that translates to a cart I have NO
In this photo
the staysail is flying, the main and foresails are wrapped up in brown
Gammerstang commented on the word slear
The SLEAR - 1 is an automatic blanking machine designed to produce finished blanks or sheets from coil stock. The coil stock can be slit by the slitting section to obtain the correct width or to provide multiple blanks.
Perhaps means to sheet away from?
September 10, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word bathboard
A board placed across a bath for sitting.
Gammerstang commented on the word raggedyman
Gammerstang commented on the word quarterwise
quarterwise- at a forty-five degree angle; perhaps also kitty-corner.
Gammerstang commented on the word tailorwise
The Roxburghshire word-book: being a record of the special
by George Watson - Foreign Language Study - 1923 - 344 pages
Having one leg over the other, tailor-wise.
Gammerstang commented on the word scurvid
scurvid is not in any dictionary; McCarthy seems to have made the word up himself with the (supposedly no longer active) suffix '-id' tacked on to 'scurvy.' So, scurvid probably means despicable and diseased, in context. (p97)
Gammerstang commented on the word horn spread
Horn-spread definition, (of a horned creature) the distance between the outermost tips of the horns.
Gammerstang commented on the word hitching rail
hitching rail. I like the walkway behind this one- keeps it away from the building, and provides space to safely approach tied horses.
Gammerstang commented on the word deadcart
dead + cart
deadcart (plural deadcarts)
(historical) A cart for transporting the bodies of the dead in times of plague.
Gammerstang commented on the word bung starter
bung starter. : a wooden mallet used for loosening the bung of a cask
Gammerstang commented on the word leadmark
Marks a bullet makes when shot.
Gammerstang commented on the word halms
stems or stalks collectively, as of grain or of peas, beans, or hops, especially as used for litter or thatching.
a single stem or stalk.
Gammerstang commented on the word trundle-cart
Noun. (plural trundle carts). A form of wheelbarrow that is pulled rather than pushed; A fourteenth century wheelchair of similar form.
Gammerstang commented on the word teethful
Gammerstang commented on the word teethfull
Gammerstang commented on the word hindside
hind + side
hindside (plural hindsides)
Gammerstang commented on the word forgefire
Fire of a forge.
Gammerstang commented on the word buckbush
Ceanothus cuneatus is a species of flowering shrub known by the common names buckbrush and wedgeleaf ceanothus.
Gammerstang commented on the word awap
I remember that Robert Graves in an essay called, I think, Mother Goose's Lost Goslings suggests that the rhyme which starts:
" Grey Goose and Gander
Waft your wings together,
Carry the Good King's Daughter
Over the One Strand River."
is a corruption of
" Grey Goose and Ganer
Wap your wings together,
And bear ye the good king's baner
Over the One-Strand River."
Graves argued that the poem was actually a Scottish lament for the death of King James IV at the Battle of Flodden Field.
He said that wap was what wild geese do with their wings in flight - I can't remember if it had two p's or one. He also talked about the lugubrious noise made by the geese. The theory is quite striking and the essay famous. Perhaps McCarthy has read it.
Gammerstang commented on the word loom shaft
Shaft of a loom.
Gammerstang commented on the word felloes
plural noun: felloes; plural noun: fellies
the outer rim of a wheel, to which the spokes are fixed.
Gammerstang commented on the word parlieu
1The area near or surrounding a place.
‘the photogenic purlieus of Cambridge’
1.1 A person's usual haunts.
2British historical A tract on the border of a forest, especially one earlier included in it and still partly subject to forest laws.
‘they wished the purlieus to be completely free from the Forest law’
Gammerstang commented on the word trapdyke
A dike is "a sheet of rock that formed in a crack in a pre-existing rock
The climbers' use of "trap dike" seems to be for a formation where the
rock of the dike has eroded faster than the surrounding rock to form a
This is a trap dike:
Gammerstang commented on the word razorous
Resembling a razor.
Gammerstang commented on the word shot pouch
Shot-pouches. ... B, pouch (shot-belt) for two sizes of shot: a, a', pouches; b, strap for attachment to the person of the sportsman; c, c', nozzles, each with a single spring gate. The charge is measured in the detachable charger d." -Whitney, 1911
Gammerstang commented on the word deathcamas
Deathcamas or death camas refers to several species of flowering plant in the tribe Melanthieae. The name alludes to the great similarity of appearance between these toxic plants, which were formerly classified together in the genus Zigadenus, and the edible camases (Camassia), with which they also often share habitat. Other common names for these plants include deadly zigadene, hog potato and mystery-grass.
Gammerstang commented on the word trailing rein
Generally, you don't run the reins through anything because that does limit their flexibility to be wherever you might need them at any time....but... if one is truly worried about losing them altogether out of the carriage, one can buckle a simple spur strap around the rein rail on the dashboard to create a big loop, and run one rein through the loop. That acts as a prevention to loss - as long as the driving reins are buckled, and the loop can travel the entire length of the rein rail to facilitate the use of the rein. But it does limit the free range of motion for the rein somewhat.
Some people will attach a "trailing rein" to the buckled ends of the driving reins - rather like a thin long leather lead rope attached - and that rein will remain in the carriage, dangling down to the floor with the bight held firmly under the driver's foot, so that if the driving reins go overboard, the trailing rein will keep the driving reins from being lost completely.
Now, if you ever do lose your driving reins, you better hope your animal responds to the verbal "whoa" because there ain't a lot you can do to retrieve those reins short of leaping out of the vehicle, or hoping the reins will run under a wheel to bring the animal up short (nasty on the mouth, tho) so you can leap out and grab them. If you have a groom, you can always put them down to run up to the horse (or pair) to grab the trailing reins.
Gammerstang commented on the word drizzing
Another form of the word drizzling.
Gammerstang commented on the word panicgrass
Panicum (panicgrass)2 is a large genus of about 450 species of grasses native throughout the tropical regions of the world, with a few species extending into the northern temperate zone. They are often large, annual or perennial grasses, growing to 1–3 m tall.34
The flowers are produced in a well-developed panicle often up to 60 cm in length with numerous seeds, which are 1–6 mm long and 1–2 mm broad. The fruits are developed from a two-flowered spikelet. Only the upper floret of each spikelet is fertile; the lower floret is sterile or staminate. Both glumes are present and well developed.5678910
Australia has 29 native and 9 introduced species of Panicum.111213
Well-known Panicum species include proso millet and switchgrass.
Gammerstang commented on the word gastine
gastine f (oblique plural gastines, nominative singular gastine, nominative plural gastines)
wasteland; deserted, barren area
Middle French: gastine
→ Middle English: wastin, wasteyn, wastine, wasteyne
Gammerstang commented on the word escopeta
Gammerstang commented on the word nooned
simple past tense and past participle of noon
Gammerstang commented on the word vae victis
Vae victis (IPA: ˈwai ˈwiktiːs) is Latin for "woe to the vanquished", or "woe to the conquered".
September 4, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word et in arcadia ego
I (death) too am present in Arcadia
August 9, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word pulsebeat
The pulse of the heart felt though the skin.
Gammerstang commented on the word terra damnata
Condemned or damned earth or ground
Gammerstang commented on the word bit ring
The bit ring is the ring on the side of a horse's bit, particularly on a snaffle bit. It is used as a point of attachment for the cheekpieces of the bridle and for the reins.
Gammerstang commented on the word prichel
A goad, from Middle-English.
Gammerstang commented on the word carvern
I take it to mean something carved or carved-like.
"A carvern face"
Gammerstang commented on the word sally gate
Define sally gate: a minor gate or passage (as in the wall of a fort) used to avoid opening major gates.
Gammerstang commented on the word blasarius
"Young Blasarius yonder, he said."
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Blasarius is an archaic legal term for an incendiary, a person guilty of arson.
The Judge may be refering to the kid's participation in burning down the hotel in Nacogdoches.
Gammerstang commented on the word tapadero
A tapadero, sometimes referred to as a "hooded stirrup," is leather cover over the front of a stirrup on a saddle that closes each stirrup from the front.
Gammerstang commented on the word tlaco
A small copper coin used in 19th century Mexico worth 1/8 of a real.
Gammerstang commented on the word bag of moonshine
Bag of Moonshine
Definition: Illusion; nonsense
- G.F. Northall's Warwickshire Word Book, 1896
July 13, 2017
Gammerstang commented on the word brum
Definition: without money; from latin bruma, midwinter, denoting the extremity of bareness in a boy's pocket.
William Cope's Glossary of Hampshire Words and Phrases, 1183
Gammerstang commented on the word gizzen
Definition: To grin audibly.
-C.Clough Robinson's Glossary of Words Pertaining to the Dialect of Mid-Yorkshire, 1876
Gammerstang commented on the word glazzen
Glazzen dlaaz-u'n, v. a. to glaze, or furnish with window-glass
Gammerstang commented on the word rotten logging
rotten logging: a term used when romantic couples sit on a log by moonlight to court.
Gammerstang commented on the word billiment
A French hood is a wide hair-band covering the ears. Ladies edged their hoods with decorative jewels or “billiments” and wore jewels in their hair.
December 15, 2016
Gammerstang commented on the word spassitude
The word used for its extent is "spassitude"; a five-dimensional object has length, width, height, spissitude, and spassitude.
September 27, 2016
Gammerstang commented on the word moda
A male Asian elephant's smell switches from mellifluous to malodorous as he matures, say researchers. A honeyed aroma keeps young males out of trouble; a rank pong signals their readiness for sex and violence.
Musth is the pachyderm equivalent of US college students' spring break. From their late teens onwards, male elephants' testosterone levels surge for a month each year, making them sex-crazed and aggressive.
For males in their early teens, musth is a much sweeter experience. They smell "like a mixture of flowers", says Bets Rasmussen, who studies chemical communication at Oregon Health and Science University in Beaverton. Ancient Hindu poetry describes bees flocking to these secretions, which are produced by a gland just below an elephant's eye.
Young males' exudates do indeed contain several chemicals also present in honey, Rasmussen and her colleagues have found1. Indians have long recognized this state, giving it the Hindi name 'moda'.
Moda males seem to be broadcasting their immaturity and unwillingness to fight for dominance and mates. Mature males ignore the sweet smells of youth, the researchers found. And the young males steer clear of musth odours.
A 25-year old bull in musth "smells like a thousand male goats in a pen", says Rasmussen. "It's acrid and very penetrating - if you get some on your finger it won't wash off. It really is stinky." Males moving from moda to musth smell of a clover and skunk cocktail.
Elephants live in close-knit, long-lasting groups, and are in constant communication. Moda smells might indicate that a male is growing up, but not yet fully mature, says Rasmussen. She is now investigating whether African elephants go through moda.
September 9, 2016
Gammerstang commented on the word savantisim
Savant Syndrome (Savantisim)
August 28, 2016
Gammerstang commented on the word litocracy
Rule by literature?
Gammerstang commented on the word montivagant
Wandering over hills and mountains.
August 9, 2016
Gammerstang commented on the word jettatura
The casting of an evil eye.
Gammerstang commented on the word Itinerant
traveling from place to place.
synonyms: traveling, peripatetic, wandering, roving, roaming, touring, saddlebag, nomadic, gypsy, migrant, vagrant, vagabond, of no fixed address
July 13, 2016
Gammerstang commented on the word staffer
T.E Lawrence uses it to mean "stouter"
July 8, 2016
Gammerstang commented on the word leucoderm
May 1, 2015
Gammerstang commented on the word bamfered
To beat up
April 28, 2015
Gammerstang commented on the word colloping
April 20, 2015
Gammerstang commented on the word merules
Another word for blackbirds in general.
July 2, 2013
Gammerstang commented on the word seretes
Another word for the animal known as the agouti.
Gammerstang commented on the word ylespil
June 25, 2013
Gammerstang commented on the word dracontia
Gammerstang commented on the word draconce
Gammerstang commented on the word draconitis
The draconitis is the stone produced from the brain of the dragon, but unless the head of the animal is cut off while it is alive, the stone will not assume the form of a gem, but the dragon will destroy it.
Gammerstang commented on the word dacryoid
Gammerstang commented on the word lacriform
Gammerstang commented on the word trillups
The meaning for this word is unknown, but as seen in context it seems to indicate playing an instrument with glee
"O the hoot! O the hoot!
How he trillups on his flute!
O the hoot of Tinfang Warble!"
June 24, 2013
Gammerstang commented on the word inaureoled
Means: surrounded with a halo, (the word is only recorded in the O.E.D. in a poem by Francis Thompson, 1897).
Gammerstang commented on the word olkomania
Means: abnormal attachment to home.
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